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- 03/08/13--18:22: Taylor Swift's Behind the Scenes Diet Coke Ad
- 03/08/13--18:37: Justin Timberlake Interview on The Jonathan Ross Show
- 03/08/13--18:47: Channing Tatum slams one-night stands
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- 03/08/13--19:34: James McAvoy does brash with dash for Esquire UK
- 03/08/13--19:43: Bringing Justin Back
- 03/08/13--19:50: Degrassi: Karma Police part 1 promo
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- 03/09/13--15:07: Will Poulter offered leading role in "The Maze Runner"
- 03/09/13--15:30: The Carrie Diaries 1x09 Sneak Peek #2 "The Great Unknown"
- 03/09/13--15:55: Why we worship Ryan Gosling
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Brit Brit keeps it comfy while stocking up on her groceries with her bodyguard on Friday (March 8) in Los Angeles. The 31-year-old entertainer was seen picking up a few bouquets of flowers, along with her cart full of groceries.
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Taylor Swift says she's a big fan of Diet Coke – in fact she's a little obsessed -- and the synergy gods must've been listening, because the Grammy winner has teamed up with the beverage company for a long-term partnership, including the Stay Extraordinary campaign and her first-ever Diet Coke commercial, shot in Nashville.
"If you would ask all my friends and probably most of my fans what would make the most sense -- what is Taylor obsessed with as far as a product to partner with and a company to partner with? -- they would say Diet Coke, because it's a big part of my life," muses Taylor. "I'm a big Diet Coke fan. … It's really a good thing."
The seven-time Grammy winner will serve as a program ambassador for the Diet Coke, and her new commercial, entitled Music That Moves, features her new single 22 and centers around her unique approach to songwriting and the powerful impact her music and lyrics have on fans.
"I think one of my favorite things about the RED tour is that one of the main focuses I had was incorporating the element of surprise, and incorporating the unexpected," she says. "I really like to think that a good concert can be like a good book; it can take you away, it can take you to a different place and help you escape, and I think that's the main goal for me -- helping the fans to escape, if only just for one night."
On March 13, Taylor will debut a video series featuring lots of behind-the-scenes content of her tour, music videos and more on Diet Coke's Facebook page. Just click "like"! Taylor's new Music That Moves spot is scheduled to debut in April.
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-He talks about his wife
-He talks about Mickey Mouse Club
-He talks about the fact that he and Ryan Gosling used to be partners in crime when they were 11, they used to go to the park, they used to skip classes....So rebellious.
-He and Jonathan drink tequila
-There was a picture of shirtless Ryan Gosling
-He talks about his dance moves and music, and the fact that Jay Z's dance move is to sit down.
-They play mini-golf
Channing Tatum never had any interest in “chasing girls”.
Channing Tatum says one-night stands have never appealed to him as they “leave you cold and empty”.
The star is married to actress Jenna Dewan-Tatum and together they are expecting their first child.
The 32-year-old Hollywood hunk is pleased to have settled down and says he could never imagine playing the field.
“No, I was never that kind of guy,” he assured the British edition of OK! magazine.
“I believed in true romance; one-night stands are always going to leave you feeling cold and empty. I was always looking for the real thing, romance, and all that. I love being married. I never liked the idea of going to bars and chasing girls. Some guys might enjoy that, but I always wanted to find that one special woman which I did when I met Jenna.”
Whereas Channing lives the Hollywood lifestyle now, he was born and raised in Alabama and moved to Mississippi when he was six.
The actor believes his southern upbringing has something to do with his attitude towards women.
“It teaches you to be a gentleman and to be very respectful and polite to women. I would get a slap on the back of my head if I didn’t open the door for my mother or sister. The greatest compliment anyone could ever pay me would be to say that I’m a gentleman,” he smiled.
Alicia Minshew Set for All My Children Return — But There's a Catch!!!
Alicia Minshew is on board for All My Children‘s Hulu/iTunes reboot, TVLine has learned exclusively.
The catch: Sources tell us that Minshew is at this time set for just a one-episode cameo as Kendall, taping this week — though the actress remains in talks to return in a short- or long-term capacity.
"Guess who is popping into Pine Valley for the day?... um me," Minshew exclaimed on Twitter. "Excited to see the gang tomorrow! Gonna wear Kendall's sassy shoes!"
Citing a source, TVLine reports that Minshew "is shooting scenes with, at the very least, her TV sis Eden Riegel (Bianca Montgomery)."
Minshew’s Pine Valley love interest, Thorsten Kaye (Zach), is among the “new” AMC‘s ensemble of series regulars.
Since AMC wrapped its broadcast run on ABC, Minshew has completed two independent films: Lies I told My Little Sister and Desires of the Heart (where she plays the female lead). She is next slated to costar in the film Here and Now, playing the grand dame of a small town’s community theater.
Minshew took over the role of Kendall from Sarah Michelle Gellar in January 2002, and the actress remained with the show through its television finale in September 2011. In Minshew two received nominations in the Outstanding Supporting Actress category at the Daytime Emmys.
Melissa Ordway has joined the cast of THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS as the new Abby Newman, replacing Emme (Marcy) Rylan, according to Daytime Confidential. She debuts April 22.
Ordway starred in Nick at Nite's HOLLYWOOD HEIGHTS as Chloe Carter. She becomes the third actor from the show to join daytime's top-rated soap after Jill Farren Phelps and Josh Griffith moved from HH to Y&R.
Ordway's other credits include the Universal Pictures film Ted, directed by Seth MacFarlane and starring Mark Wahlberg. She will also be seen in Odd Thomas opposite Willem Dafoe and Anton Yelchin and The Incredible Burt Wonderstone opposite Jim Carrey and Olivia Wilde.
Ordway’s previous film credits include A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas, In Time, The Last Song, 17 Again, Elektra Luxx, Callers, Miss March andKnuckle Draggers. On television, Ordway has been seen on CSI: NY, MELROSE PLACE, COLD CASE, HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER, ENTOURAGE and PRIVILEGED.
All My Children makes its online debut this spring, and Prospect Park is pulling out all the stops to make sure it’s a success. Several actors have already tweeted that the new writing for the show is outstanding, and fans were happy to hear that some of their favorites — Eden Riegel (Bianca Montgomery), Alicia Minshew (Kendall Hart Slater) and Cady McClain (Dixie Cooney) — were headed back to the show. But could Josh Duhamel (Leo DuPres) be another familiar face headed back to Pine Valley this spring?
Duhamel took to Twitter and answered whether or not he’ll be returning to Pine Valley. “No,” he says, “But I’m very happy AMC is back!”
CBS has announced that Sheryl Underwood (co-host, “The Talk“) will reprise her role as Justice of the Peace Clarice Collins for the fourth time on the Monday, March 11 episode of the daytime drama series.
In the episode, Underwood’s character will pronounce Victor Newman (Eric Braeden) and Nikki Newman (Melody Thomas Scott) man and wife for the upteenth time as Victor decides to throw his lovely “a wedding a day,” which Clarice is hired to perform just one of. Nikki, who was recently diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, is in the hospital during the episode due to complications resulting from her medical condition.
The actual wedding for the dynamic duo will air during the week of March 18.
THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS celebrates its upcoming 40th anniversary with special on-air videos featuring 13 cast members reflecting on their time with the iconic show. These poignant three-minute videos will air at the beginning of episodes airing Monday, March 11 - Friday, March 29, and will also be posted to Y&R’s 40th Anniversary site at www.cbs.com/yr40th. Sixteen additional exclusive videos highlighting more cast members started posting in late February.
The actors participating in the on-air videos include:
Peter Bergman (Jack Abbott), Eric Braeden (Victor Newman), Sharon Case (Sharon Newman), Jeanne Cooper (Katherine Chancellor), Doug Davidson (Paul Williams), Daniel Goddard (Cane Ashby), Christian LeBlanc (Michael Baldwin), Billy Miller (Billy Abbott), Joshua Morrow (Nicholas Newman), Michael Muhney (Adam Newman), Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki Newman), Michelle Stafford (Phyllis Summers) and Kristoff St. John (Neil Winters).
Viewers will be treated to a rare look behind the scenes as the actors give special insight into their characters. Each actor reveals their favorite storylines and recalls classic Y&R moments through the use of interviews, video clips and some never-before-seen photographs.
DAYS OF OUR LIVES actor Blake Berris will be in Washington tonight at the DCIFF (DC Independent Film Festival) for the premiere of his movie Meth Head.
The film, written and directed by Hollywood writer-director Jane Clark, depicts a young man, in love and with a promising career ahead of him, whose world spirals wildly out of control due to addiction to methamphetamine--a drug that has ravaged
Meth Head is inspired by the real-life experiences of Jane Clark and producer-actor John W. McLaughlin--who also plays a character in the movie. “Most movies, documentaries, and news programs only illustrate meth addicts who are poor and uneducated—or celebrities,” says Clark. “But methamphetamine is an equal opportunity destroyer. The addicts I knew and know are from good families, had careers, lovers, owned homes, and lived middle class lives. And that is a story that has gone untold until now.”
“I don’t see Meth Head as simply a drug film. I see it as a film about family – the one that we are born into, the ones that we create – and how they impact the addiction and how the addiction impacts them. In simple terms, it’s about the human beings,” says Clark. “These are the fathers, sons, mothers, lovers, friends, aunts, neighbors that we all know. They are just like us, filled with dreams, desires, fears and insecurities. The only difference is the chemical changes that impact their behavior and their choices because of the drug.”
The powerful drama stars Lukas Haas (Lincoln), who plays Kyle Peoples, a man who is stuck in a dead end job, with a more successful partner (Wilson Cruz - part of the Indie Soap Award-winning cast of HUSTLING) and a family who doesn't understand him. When an innocent night of partying leads to a new family of friends, Kyle sees an escape--but friendships with drug buddies Maia (Necar Zadegan) and Dusty (Berris) and their love of meth costs Kyle his job, lover, family, and home. Kyle's escape and the “party” ultimately becomes his trap, and the drug is slowly killing him, physically and psychologically. Hitting bottom, Kyle faces one choice - life or meth. The movie also stars Tom Sizemore, Scott Patterson and Theo Rossi.
As Jack Snyder on the daytime soap opera “As the World Turns,” Emmy Award-winning actor and Canandaigua native Michael Park employed a subtle form of acting, specific to television. In his latest role in the 2013 stage adaptation of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” on Broadway, the actor says, the technique is markedly different.
“You have to reach the last row of people, because we aren’t using any microphones. Everything is much bigger on stage,” Park said. “With television, the raise of an eyebrow says a million words. It’s much more intimate.”
Park plays Gooper in the production, which runs through March 30 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. “Cat On A Hot Tin Roof,” Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about a dysfunctional Southern family, is among the most famous plays in American history, with some big names having appeared in productions on- and off-Broadway — actors such as Burl Ives, Barbara Bel Geddes, Ben Gazzara, Fred Gwynne and Mary Stewart Masterson.
Park acknowledges the challenges of taking on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by literary great Tennessee Williams. “To jump into a theatrical classic like ‘Cat On A Hot Tin Roof’ and get inside the mind of Tennessee Williams is no easy task,” Park said.
Park is joining well-known actors Scarlett Johansson, Ciarán Hinds and Benjamin Walker on the Broadway stage. “I never thought that I would be in a group such as this with Scarlett and Benjamin and Ciarán,” he said. “It’s fun to watch them work every single day and to get to know them has been a blessing and a wonderful experience.”
The show is directed by Rob Ashford, whom Park previously worked with in “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” and “Bloomer Girl.”
“I was surprised when Rob Ashford contacted me to audition for Gooper. I had read the play a couple of times and I never saw myself as Gooper — but I was pleased that Rob saw me in this role and I promised him that I wouldn’t let him down.”
Park attended Canandaigua Academy and then Nazareth College before becoming a full-time actor. He credits much of his success to his time at Canandaigua and Nazareth.
“Michael has been a wonderful alumnus and has been more than generous with his time and expertise over the years,” said Scott Schauman, head of Canandaigua Academy’s drama program. “Recently, Michael worked with the entire cast of (the academy production of) ‘All Shook Up.’ His experience and knowledge elevated our students’ performances to a whole new level.”
This afternoon a slightly self-admittedly tipsy, Thom Racina posted a brand new short video message to the fans of One Life to Live on his facebook page!
Sitting in the lobby of the Edison Hotel in New York City, the new co-head writer of Prospect Park’s One Life to Live reboot related a very compelling message that reveals what had been rumored, that the new One Life (and AMC) will be groundbreaking for soaps!
Racina said in his video message:“What’s so exciting about the new One Life to Live is it’s grand experiment. There are no barriers here. We get to do things that Soap Operas have never done before. We get to tell stories in new ways that we might have always wanted to do before, and never really had the freedom to do it. We get to say words like I am going to say right now, “Oh shit!” (Laughs). It’s going to be, we hope, a great journey for everyone, and boy, we thank you all for sticking with us and bringing us some new people. Tell your friends. We need all the viewers we can get. And we hope we are not going to disappoint you, and you know what? We are really counting on the fact that we are not going to do that!”
In a new segment from Planet 360, a weekly news entertainment series airing on the Hallmark Movie Channel, soap stars Crystal Chappell (Venice, The Grove, The Inn), Tristan Rogers (General Hospital) and Martha Madison (The Bay) take part in the second installment of the Soap Dish segment discussing the latest hot topics in the soaps!
The topic of conversation on this Soap Dish segment has Chappell, Rogers, and Madison discussing, what they think Agnes Nixon’s involvement and role will be in shaping Prospect Park’s reboot of All My Children and One Life to Live? Crystal admits she is a huge fan of Nixon’s legendary work and asks Tristan and Martha, if they think Prospect Park will put Agnes to work? In which, Martha responds, “If they are smart they will put her to work! She is still there and willing to offer up her expertise. They would be crazy not to take it.”
Tristan Rogers offered up a slightly different perspective:“I don’t know if I would be looking to Agnes to inform the future, and to go to the next stage in daytime. She made a huge contribution to daytime; there is no question about that. Whether that contribution needs to be translated on where they are going in the future, I don’t know. I don’t know whether they need to go back in time and repeat all those storylines and then bring them forward to the later day. I think, “Let’s start with a fresh sheet of paper.”
Chappell responded, “I don’t know how personally involved she will be, but I am glad she is there to see her shows come back to life!”
GH's Teresa Castillo tweeted a photo from a Nurse's Ball dance rehearsal.
A new cast photo to mark Y&R’s 40th anniversary was cause for reflection, celebration, and balloons.
In a new interview with AccessHollywood.com via OMG Yahoo!, Jane discusses the big 5-0 celebration, the secretive behind-the-scenes work of executive producer Frank Valentini to bring fans the Nurses’ Ball with more surprises, losing cast mate Julie Marie Berman (Ex-Lulu) who decided to leave the series, and what is has meant being a Quartermaine.
Jane on what she can tease about the GH 50th anniversary Nurses’ Ball event:“I can’t because it’s so hush-hush. I mean, I know that there are probably a dozen surprises of people coming back and I don’t know what they are because Frank Valentini has coded everybody’s name… If you call the call line, it’s the code name that’s getting called, so you literally don’t know who that person is until you’re standing on stage acting with them. One of the things that I like most about [Frank] is he believes in surprising the audience, he believes in not tipping your hand beforehand because it doesn’t give you a reason to tune back in… Frank does not want people to know what’s going to happen. He wants people to be surprised and there are some fabulous surprises coming.”
Jane on the departure of Julie Marie Berman:“We’re actually friends off-screen… Julie started General Hospital when she was finishing up at USC. She was literally studying for her finals when she started… So it’s all she’s known. So it’s really time for her to spread her wings and see what life has to offer for her. So, I’m excited for her as much as I wish she wasn’t going.”
Jane on being a Quartermaine and Tracy recently losing her father, Edward:“I think the biggest loss for her is her father… She can change Luke, she can change ELQ, she can change her relationship with Monica. The only thing that’s not changeable, she is — in essence — an orphan now, she has no parents and that’s a very transformative thing in anybody’s life when you no longer have parents, and as connected as she was, I think there was part of her that thought it would be liberating to be free of her father and to be able to run the company the way she wanted to, to be – finally – the master of the ship that she always wanted to be, that her father would never let her be. And then in the end, it was not to be… she was going to have to fight a pipsqueak like A.J. for it.”
“We asked them if they had friends or family with them and when they said they were all alone, we offered to be their witnesses,” commented Bean in an article in the Antigua Chronicle. “They were so thrilled, but we felt honored to be able to do this for them.”
Film and primetime actor Tony Todd has joined the cast of THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS as Leslie and Tyler's father, Gus Rogan.
Todd announced the news in a recent Horror Society interview.
"I’m working on THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS that just celebrated its 40th anniversary," he explained. "They came to me with a character that I just couldn't refuse."
"The difference in working in the soap world, you have to come totally prepared and you’re there and you basically have one take," Todd continued. "I look at that as a challenge and my character is really a unique one. I play a prisoner who’s falsely accused of murdering his wife."
Todd debuts on March 19 but isn't sure how long he will be sticking around Genoa City.
"I've done 4 episodes so far and I’m going to do at least 20," he said. "So that’s what I’m doing right now, I just worked yesterday. It’s a whole new demographic, I have my reasons for everything that I do."
Todd's primetime appearances include roles in 24, SMALLVILLE and CHUCK. His movie roles include Final Destination, Sleepwalk and Candyman.
Ingo Rademacher is not only joining DANCING WITH THE STARS, but he is returning to GENERAL HOSPITAL for the soap’s 50th anniversary, too.
EXTRA's Renee Bargh caught up with Ingo and dance partner Kym Johnson at rehearsals, where Ingo opened up about his return to daytime. "I had to keep it a secret for so long… I had to lie.”
He added, “It’s a nice little come back with Vanessa Marcil… the Jax and Brenda characters back together for a little bit. It was a great idea to bring the characters back for the 50th. It's quick but it's exciting.”
Rademacher has already started shooting his own GH scenes and will reunite with Vanessa in front of the camera later this week.
Rademacher also admitted he asked fellow GENERAL HOSPITAL star and DWTS winner Kelly Monaco for advice. “I called Kelly right when I was talking about coming to the show and she gave me a rundown of what the process is. She said it’s really hard, but you’re going to love it.”
Johnson said that Rademacher is working very hard. ABC’s DWTS kicks off March 18.
WIGS (www.watchwigs.com and www.youtube.com/wigs), the No. 1 channel for scripted drama on YouTube, announced today the return of two of its most acclaimed series, BLUE, starring Julia Stiles (The Bourne Ultimatum), and LAUREN, starring Troian Bellisario (PRETTY LITTLE LIARS) and Jennifer Beals (THE L WORD, Flashdance). The channel also is announcing new series PALOMA, written and directed by Stiles, and starring Grace Gummer (Gigantic, Margin Call).
Returning with 26 all-new episodes, Season Two of BLUE will debut Friday, March 15 (9 a.m. ET/6 a.m. PT) on WIGS, with the release of the first seven all-new episodes. More new episodes will be made available on Fridays: March 22, March 29 and April 5. The award-winning series stars Stiles as the title character, a single mother trying to protect her son from the consequences of her secret career as an upscale escort.
Eileen Davidson stirred up considerable excitement when she announced that she'd be returning briefly to THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS to reprise her role as Ashley on Monday, March 18 and Tuesday, March, 19! "I thought I'd be really nervous, but when I got there... it was so much fun!" she declares of playing the dual roles, as it were. "I almost started crying, getting to work with Peter [Bergman, Jack] and Michelle [Stafford, Phyllis] right out of the gate! And being part of the [Nikki/Victor] wedding, I got to touch base with everybody!"
Davidson says that the reason her alter ego jetted back to Genoa City was because she's worried about Jack's love life. "I guess she's heard from Abby that Jack is involved with [Phyllis] and she's nervous about that. She's concerned about Jack — now after all the rehab and addiction and everything!" she laughs, acknowledging that Ashley was a no-show during her brother's darkest days.
As for popping up at Victor and Nikki's wedding, Davidson insists that Ashley isn't there to cause trouble. "I think it's basically, it's no skin of her back," she shares. "It's, 'Whatever!' She kind of feels like it's kind of predictable for them to be getting married again. She's not necessarily shocked."
For her part, Davidson says that there was a déjà vu feeling to the scenes. "It was fun to see Eric [Braeden, Victor] and Melody [Thomas Scott, Nikki] in another wedding context," she laughs. It's like, "Again? We're doing this again?"
The showbiz vet admits that the scheduling between the two shows got a bit more hectic than originally anticipated. DAYS was dark the week that she was supposed to shoot Y&R. "But unfortunately Melody was sick, and then Joshua Morrow [Nick] was sick, so... we went back to work the following Monday. So I did DAYS in the morning, and then drove over to CBS and did Y&R in the afternoon!" Despite that, Davidson says that she had no problem getting into the mindset of the very different characters. "I know both of these characters so well, it's really just second nature."
Could Y&R fans be treated to more Ashley sightings in the future? "I don't know," confesses Davidson. "Everything is kind of up in the air right now. It would depend on scheduling. I don't know how that would ever work out. On DAYS, sometimes, I'm doing eight shows a week! But stranger things have happened. Where there's a will, there's a way! So who knows? I love going [to Y&R]... I hope I can go back!"
ALL MY CHILDREN's Natalie Hall (ex-Colby) has been cast as Taylor in the new pilot from The CW, OXYGEN. She joins Malese Jow (ex-Hannah, Y&R), Aimee Teegarden (ex-Julie, FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS), Matt Lanter (Liam, 90210) and Grey Damon (ex-Lee, THE SECRET CIRCLE). The sci-fi drama is described as an "epic romance between a human girl [Teegarden] and an alien boy [Lanter]".
Brandon Barash is leaving GENERAL HOSPITAL and the role of Johnny Zacchara.
Barash made the announcement on Twitter, along with a professional basketball joke: "With a bittersweet, heavy heart I announce my time at GH has come to an end, as I have chosen to move on&pursue my NBA career. I love u all."
Barash joined GH in September 2007.
Vanessa Marcil (Brenda) and Ingo Rademacher (Jax) will both be returning to GENERAL HOSPITAL before the show's 50th anniversary, reports EW.com. Their exact return date has not yet been confirmed by ABC.
Rademacher, last seen in 2012, will fit his brief appearance into his hoofing schedule on DANCING WITH THE STARS, while Marcil says that it didn't take much coaxing to get her to reprise her beloved role.
“I’ve always respected that the show is the star,” Marcil tells Soap Opera Digest. “I like Frank [Valentini, executive producer] a lot and I think he is amazing. I’m up for doing anything, because as an actor, it’s always exciting. I’m so honored that they’ve let me come in and come out; I just really respect what they think is best for the show. So if Brenda fits into that somewhere, of course, I’m always really excited about that."
Starting March 29, SOAPnet will air a 50-hour GENERAL HOSPITAL marathon event leading up to the special 50th Anniversary episode of the soap on April 1.
"Ted [Shackelford] called me after we had done our scene that first day and he was so dear. He said, 'You still got it. You were great every take.' Ted is brutally honest – and that’s a good thing because I want the truth. So for him to say that meant so much to me."
"And with Charlene [Tilton] – she’s such a pistol! When I see her now, I feel like she’s the parent and I’m the child because she’s got it going on! [Laughs] She calls it like she sees it, and she was so generous and beautiful to me when we were together. And Patrick Duffy and I had a really nice moment [off the set]. It was totally special, and it had to do with Larry [Hagman]. I shared something with Patrick and he returned it right back. It was maybe the most profound, connected moment I had when I was down there."
Valene will not be seen at J.R.'s funeral on next week's episode of DALLAS.
"Jill Larson (Opal) was supposed to be in the first scene with this guy Peter [Cortlandt, Opal’s son]. Something happened and she wasn’t ready. I was just f—king around at the catering table stuffing bagels in my pocket. All of a sudden, someone comes up to me and says, 'Can you be ready in three minutes?' I said, 'Sure. I’ve got three bagels in a baggie and some bacon, I’m good.' The scene was a [one-way] phone call. When I was done, they said, 'Congratulations, you just finished the first scene of the new ALL MY CHILDREN!' That hadn’t occurred to me. I was just there to work. But it’s kind of cool that I was in the last scene on TV and I taped the first scene on the web."
On the show being set in the future with no Kendall: "Someone says, 'I’m sorry about you and Kendall.' That makes me want to watch: 'What happened? Where is she?' I think people will want to tune in to see how we tell the story. In theater, you often know the end of the play but you still go to see how the actors tell the story. In soaps, you don’t know the ending which is cool in its own way. 'Hey, you and Kendall aren’t together and your wife may be with someone else.' That informs every scene I do. I care about where we left these people. 'Where are they now?' The writers aren’t ignoring past relationships. I’ll jump on that train."
The worlds of Genoa City and Beverly Hills will get just a little bit closer when John McCook brings his alter ego, Eric Forrester, from THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL to THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS on Monday and Tuesday, March 18 and 19.
Considering this is also the time when Nikki walks down the aisle to the love of her life, Victor Newman, could Eric be in town to attend the grand wedding? Or is his appearance more to do with business — as in the fashion business that Jabot recently launched and may go head-to-head with Forrester Creations? As is their policy, Y&R is keeping mum about upcoming storyline!
The 33-year-old Maroon 5 hunk met the brunette beauty, most recently seen on Fox’s THE MINDY PROJECT, through mutual friends and they “instantly clicked,” says a close pal.
Ilonzeh will play Shannon Hatfield, the adopted daughter of Rebecca De Mornay's Mary Hatfield. Shannon develops a romantic interest in Patrick McCoy (played by AS THE WORLD TURNS star Jesse Lee Soffer) - which could prove to be problematic, as the two families have a history of not getting along so well together. Ilonzeh can currently be seen on SWITCHED AT BIRTH.
"I think, obviously, it makes for a better headline to say the show is slumping, but we don’t see it that way," says Metcalfe. "It's about dollars and cents at the end of the day. We get reports from Steve Koonin (president of Turner Entertainment Networks) and from Michael Wright (TNT's president, programming). The show is doing what they needed it to do in these winter months in the time slot that they have chosen. It’s consistently delivering over 1 million viewers in their key demographic."
"I’ve been pleased with the response to Josh’s [Griffith] writing, to the new characters, to the new actors on the show, to Steve Burton’s [Dylan] entrance, and to their commitment [to the show.] We are playing the core characters. We are building story around the core characters and we are bringing in these other young new people in support of them."
Max Page underwent open heart surgery last summer, but was soon on the mend, and now will be making another appearance on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS as J.T. and Victoria's son, Reed. The tyke has been living in Washington DC with J.T. and Mac, but on March 18 will be back in Genoa City to join his mom at Victor and Nikki's nuptials!
Right now, people who are looking at it from a negative point of view are calling this his rebound. "It doesn't mean anything." Then on the other side, they're saying it's not real for Taylor, either. "She's just being manipulative and trying to get the business for her family." We have to sit back and watch. We don't know what the end game is for Eric and Taylor, if there is one. Are they going to get married in a year? Or next week?
Watch a video of McClain commenting on Knight below:
Fitness personality Richard Simmons posted a photo of himself wearing a Nurse's Ball jackset on his Facebook page on Friday. Simmons spent a four years recurring as himself on GENERAL HOSPITAL during its ratings heyday. He will be making a two-episode return appearance for the show's 50th Anniversary.
Watch a clip of Simmons on GH at the Campus Disco below:
Bianca was placed on a feeding tube, and her doctor recommended radical new treatment. Mateo remained in his coma. Gillian found out that she could be deported because she had violated the terms of her student visa. Trevor learned that Axel was really an actor. Stuart told Adam that he had slept with Marian, and Adam blew a fuse because he thought Liza had set his brother up. Adam met face-to-face with the mystery woman only minutes before she jumped off the roof of Chandler Enterprises.
Lucinda threatened David's life. Molly told the truth. Barbara took the kids and ran away. Tom and Emily met at the movies. Jack learned of the trust fund. Kirk discovered the message in the matchbook. Nikki decided to investigate Matt and got into trouble instead. James released the gas into the room where Holden and Sam were being held. The wedding was interrupted when Carly passed out. James showed up in Lucinda's living room with a gun.
Taylor finally told Ridge that Thomas was his son. Stephanie told Brooke that her game was over. Brooke rushed to Ridge's office and found Taylor and Thomas in Ridge's arms. Ridge blasted both Brooke and Taylor for lying to him. Rush landed in the United States and was on a plane headed for Los Angeles; upon arriving in LA, he immediately found where Lauren lived. Maggie gloated that her plan was working to put Sheila back into a mental institution. Stephanie went to Big Bear where Ridge had hidden out; she pleaded Taylor's case, but Brooke found out where Ridge was and was on her way.
Despite Vivian's attempts to convince him otherwise, Jonesy wanted to stay in England as opposed to going to Salem. In a convent with Sister Mary, Celeste revealed the evil she saw surrounding Kristen, as Stefano got back to Salem, wondering where Celeste was. Carrie told Austin that she was going to help Mike get the chief of staff job, and they both noticed Eric's interest in the new waiter, Nicole. Sami and Franco joined the group, and all were shocked when they learned that Kristen was dead. Edmund got down on one knee and proposed to Susan. At the police station, Abe was worried about Lexie getting caught up in Stefano's evil, and Abe, Lexie, John, Marlena, Stefano, and Roman identified Kristen's body; John confirmed that she had killed herself. Ivan poured his heart out to Violet about his love for Vivian. Vivian was thrilled when Jonesy gave her an expensive gift. Hope told Alice that Billie's baby was keeping her and Bo apart, and admitted that she thought Kate was conspiring against her. Kate showed up and asked Hope to stop pursuing Bo, and to let Bo, Billie, and their baby be happy together. Caroline and Shawn encouraged Bo to keep trying with Hope. Stefano refused to believe that Kristen had committed suicide, and Marlena agreed. Vivian shocked Ivan when he saw how happy she was with Jonesy. Billie asked Kate to stop trying to make Bo love her. Bo told Kim that the only reason he was not with Hope was Franco. Sami was surprised when Hope said she didn't want to work for Titan. Kate called Franco and told him that she thought Hope was catching on. Back at the police station, Stefano assured Susan and Edmund he wouldn't take their baby. When Edmund went to get some water, it was revealed that it was not Susan in the room, but Kristen. John found a message from Kristen on his answering machine, and remembered how much he had once loved her. Kate asked Franco to stop using Sami, because she was afraid Sami would talk. Sami was about to tell Hope the truth, but first Hope, then Franco, interrupted, and Franco convinced her to keep quiet. Billie and Roman talked about their love for Bo and Marlena. John blamed himself for Kristen's suicide. At the police station, Kristen flashed back to the night of the murder, and how Susan had been holding a letter opener to her throat, then accepted Edmund's proposal when he considered returning to England. Somewhere unknown, the real Susan banged on a door to be let out. Eric realized he was being followed, and headed into the Java Cafe, where he met Nicole again, and talked with Sami. Stefano and Roman talked about their love for Marlena. Laura expressed doubt about Kristen's suicide, then there was a flashback of Laura at the Blake house with a gun. Kim babysat Belle and Brady so Marlena and Roman could date. Sami offered Nicole a modeling shot at Titan, and Eric got his hands on the person who had been following him.
Jason succeeded in keeping control of the organization. Jax turned down Brenda's proposal. Liz's tests came back negative. Michael was missing.
Jesse found the Institute and saw Michelle. He realized that she was blind. He posed as a Hispanic janitor to be with her. Fletcher demanded that Holly move to Canada with him and Meg. Rob's plan to break up Cassie and Hart failed. Josh tried to call off the cloning deal, but it was too late. Josh tried to tell the kids the truth, but Michael stopped him.
Max saw R.J. meet with Claude Charbonneau. Todd apologized for the scene at the memorial service. The bishop arrived in town to see Andrew. River saw Téa and Andrew kiss. Dorian and Mel argued. The Cramers left for the funeral. Todd got Sam Rappaport into town. Todd admitted he loved Téa.
Keith asked Jill to marry him. Victor and Nikki had a terrible argument when he found out she was contemplating having a baby with Josh. "Sarah" pretended to be sick so she could be alone with Josh. Christine told Paul that she had feelings for Danny. Michael went to Christine and begged for her help with getting his license back. Dru and Neil had problems in the bedroom. Jack flirted with Jill. Victor and Diane planned the next phase of their honeymoon -- a trip around the world. Grace picked up Cassie from the ranch, and they headed out of town.
John is confused by Kristen's actions; Chloe drugs Daniel; Sami asks Lucas to help her protect Will.
Tuesday ("Bad Scene")
Jennifer witnesses a horrific scene in Daniel's hotel room; Stefano invites EJ to move back into the mansion.
Wednesday ("Gabi's Wedding")
Chloe and Nancy realize they left some incriminating evidence in Daniel's hotel room; Will sets out to stop Gabi from marrying Nick.
Thursday ("Stefano Returns")
Nick threatens Nick not to cross him again (*one name must be incorrect*); Kate wonders about what to do about her relationship with Rafe now that Stefano has returned.
Brady believes that his dad still has feelings for Kristen; Nick and Gabi exchange vows at the Horton house.
3/11, Carly is shocked by Todd's appearance; Tracy insists that Spinelli give her the stolen paper.
(Searching for Kate)
3/12, Sonny encounters Olivia at Steve's apartment; Sabrina reveals her true feelings to Patrick.
3/13, Todd looks to Starr for answers about Carly; Lulu and Dante are excited when they see a sonogram of their baby; Agnes flirts with Mac.
3/14, Lucy gives the nurses some good news; Elizabeth and AJ talk about his kiss with Carly.
3/15, Scott worries that Laura has feelings for Luke; Alexis is forced to deliver disappointing news to Rafe.
3/11, Pam frightens Taylor and Eric when she shows up at the mansion unannounced; Rick takes advantage of a situation with Maya.
3/12, Caroline interrupts an important meeting to look for Rick; Rick and Maya take a trip.
3/13, The Forrester Creations group wonders about Rick's absence as they get bad news; Rick doesn't reveal his identity to Maya.
3/14, Taylor asserts her power at Forrester; Hope makes a request of Steffy.
3/15, Brooke tries to protect her family's future; Thomas shoots for another chance to run Forrester.
3/11, Neil is determined to protect Leslie; Abby and Victor plan a surprise for Nikki.
3/12, Lily's devotion encourages Cane; suspicions are raised about Victor's involvement with Congressman Wheeler.
3/13, Phyllis and Jack make romantic plans; Abby's questions upset Carmine.
3/14, Nikki receives more information; Dylan and Chelsea's evening turns out unexpectedly.
3/15, Leslie and her father come face-to-face; Victor and Adam threaten each other.
The talk of the town Thursday was still Wednesday night’s overstuffed opening party at Restoration Hardware on the corner of Berkeley and Newbury streets. The fancy VIP shindig, which celebrated the retailer’s new space in the old Louis Boston building, included an appearance by actor Jeremy Renner — as well as members of the Boston Fire Department, who had to shut down the entrances because the building was over capacity, with partygoers still lined up to get in.
It’s unclear who’s taking the blame for the party’s inflated RSVPs. As of Thursday afternoon, Restoration Hardware had not responded to our e-mails. But Kortenhaus Communications (who repped the party) and Rafanelli Events Management send out this statement:
“We put the safety and comfort of guests first. We are very grateful for the support of the Boston Police Department, Boston Fire Department and the City of Boston to ensure the safety of all in attendance. We regret any inconvenience caused to guests.”
Sources: 1 : 2 : 3
"Cougar Town" alum Briga Heelan also will co-star in the workplace comedy, joining "Scrubs" alum John C. McGinley.
Pitch Perfect breakout Skylar Astin is near a deal to star in TBS' Ground Floor, a comedy pilot from Bill Lawrence and Greg Malins, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Additionally, Cougar Town alum Briga Heelan has been tapped to co-star in the workplace comedy set in the modern world of corporate America.
Ground Floor centers on a 29-year-old successful alpha male who crosses paths with his company's support staff -- a tight-knit group of happy, carefree people -- prompting him to realize that he's not nearly as happy as he thought he was.
Astin will play Brody Moyer, the charming manager who's a master-of-the-universe in training who works for a top company who begins falling for building supervisor Jennifer (Heelan). For her part, Heelan's Jennifer is described as sweet, confident and intelligent, even though she never went to college. After a fling with Brody, she sees what a genuinely nice guy he is and makes it her mission to teach him how to loosen up and enjoy life.
From Warner Horizon Television, Lawrence and Malins will pen the script for the multicamera comedy and executive produce alongside Doozer's Jeff Ingold and Randall Winston. Gail Mancuso will direct the pilot, which also stars Scrubs alum John C. McGinley.
In addition to his starring turn as Jesse in the musical comedy feature Pitch Perfect, Astin's credits include 21 and Over, a voice role in Wreck-It Ralph and episodes of Girls, Love Bites and a starring role in the Tony-nominated Broadway performance of Spring Awakening with Glee's Lea Michele and Jonathan Groff. He's repped by UTA, Principal Entertainment and Felker Toczek.
Heelan, who recurred as Holly for a handful of episodes on Cougar Town, also counts Jane by Design and an episode of Happy Endings among her credits. She's with Gersh and Thruline Entertainment.
Sounds kind of stupid but whatever brings his adorable face to my television screen every week.
It's seven long years since Justin Timberlake's last album—can he repeat?
In past sketches on "Saturday Night Live," Justin Timberlake has played a smack-talking mascot, a member of the Bee Gees and a cad who gift-wraps his privates. When he hosts the show for the fifth time Saturday, he'll be returning to his most anticipated role: Justin Timberlake, pop singer.
It has been almost seven years since the 32-year-old star released his last album, a smash that sold nine million copies and introduced the catchphrase "bringing sexy back." After taking a break from music to throw himself into acting, entrepreneurship and tech investing, Mr. Timberlake will release his third solo album, "The 20/20 Experience," on March 19.
The response will determine whether the hiatus has worked for or against him. Seven years is long enough for a whole crop of Biebers and Gagas to spring up, and for many of Mr. Timberlake's former teen followers to reach adulthood. He's also confronting a Catch-22 of music stardom: The fans who were most impatient for a follow-up to his dance sound could be left cold by the grown-up R&B he's embracing now.
Promotion for "The 20/20 Experience" has taken the form of a smart-bomb attack, targeting a handful of the biggest outlets for exposure, especially on television. Last month he appeared on the Grammy Awards, not as a nominee but as the only performer pushing brand-new material. He did two songs and appeared in two commercials for his corporate partners, Target TGT +0.76% (selling a deluxe version of his album) and Anheuser-Busch (he is "creative director" of its Bud Light Platinum brand).
Next week, after his "SNL" gig, he's scheduled to appear five consecutive nights on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon." These two TV series have probably been more important to the momentum of Mr. Timberlake's career than anything he did during the interim between records, including acting in such movies as "The Social Network." On "SNL," he stepped out as a comedic actor who happened to moonlight as a straight-faced singer and dancer. Viral hits helped spread that image, including "The History of Rap," a series of medleys from Mr. Fallon's show.
For Mr. Timberlake, a Mouseketeer before he joined boy band *NSYNC, the rigorous training of his youth was money in the bank. "SNL" creator and executive producer Lorne Michaels says the singer is a now-rare breed he recalls from working on variety shows such as "Laugh-In" in the 1960s: "Before the music business changed and singers went into arenas, there were people who came out of nightclubs who could sing and dance and do comedy." Of Mr. Timberlake, he says, "In another life, he might have been Dean Martin."For Saturday's show, the singer asked to revisit a 1990 sketch in which Tom Hanks was admitted to a posh Five-Timer's Club, where fellow repeat hosts Paul Simon, Steve Martin and Elliott Gould presided in smoking jackets.
Mr. Timberlake already threaded one needle with his transition from a teen pinup to the club-crawler of his 2006 release, "FutureSex/LoveSounds."The new album presents the recently married singer as more of a sophisticate in black tie, with a throwback sound that references Donny Hathaway and Al Green. Staticky touches from co-producer Timbaland help give the music a sheen of "futuristic soul," as it is described by Peter Edge, chief executive of RCA Records, Mr. Timberlake's label.
Based on the handful of songs the singer has made public so far, some critics have complained that he's playing it too safe with this brassy, retro sound. Another view is that he's ahead of a trend. "If you look at music cycles, every 10 years it repeats. We're now leaving the dance-pop phase that he helped usher in" in 2006, says Guy Zapoleon, a senior vice president at Clear Channel radio, which is doing an album-release event with the artist.
Despite the long dry spell between records, the new material was rolled out relatively quickly. Mr. Timberlake finished the album just before Christmas. To avoid trying his fans' patience any longer—or risking online leaks—he wanted to put out the whole album right away, says manager Johnny Wright says. Instead, an online countdown clock led to the Jan. 14 release of one song, "Suit & Tie." The debut was also used to draw attention to the redesigned social network MySpace. (Mr. Timberlake is a part owner.)
The fast-track release campaign reflects how much has changed in the business since the singer's *NSYNC days. That band's peak in 2000—when in one week it sold 2.4 million copies of the album "No Strings Attached"—coincided with the last hurrah of the pre-Napster industry. Even when "FutureSex/LoveSounds" came out, physical record stores were still entrenched. "We used to drive by at midnight and see the people lined up," recalls Mr. Wright, Mr. Timberlake's manager since the singer was 13.
It's almost certain that "The 20/20 Experience" will debut with strong numbers: Advance sales of the album are on par with preorders of the biggest releases of the last year, Mr. Edge says. But in recent years, even anticipated albums by established acts have fallen off quickly after big debuts.
To keep up the pace, Mr. Timberlake will reserve his marketing ammunition. "He won't be doing every chat show and appear to be schlepping," Mr. Edge says. One high-visibility appearance on his calendar that's not available to every music star: a 12-city stadium tour with co-headliner Jay-Z.
Revenge Season 2 Spoiler: Daniel Grayson’s Love Life Heats Up
One of the most conflicted characters on Revenge is preppy-turned-CEO, Daniel Grayson. The former innocent has really come into his own this season, stealing Grayson Global from his father and helping his mother carry out murder.
Wetpaint Entertainment recently caught up with actor Josh Bowman at The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ event, An Evening With Revenge on March 4, where he talked about Danny’s steamy future on the show.
Wetpaint Entertainment: What’s coming up?
Josh Bowman: For Daniel, you see a return to romance, that’s a good way of putting it, with one of two people. A return to romance is there for Daniel. He's going to be a little bit more possessive. He's definitely onto the scent of what everyone around him is doing. He doesn't trust anybody. So he's becoming a lot more ruthless. He's becoming a lot more successful, and with that comes power, and with that comes the ego. I guess from there that stems from his vulnerability of actually not knowing what the hell is going on.
Your love interests, are they people we've seen already?
Daniel certainly saw different sides to his parents?
Definitely. I think he's been definitely brought into the world more. He's been included much more into what they actually get up to and not been behind the blinds. I guess it's sort of like pulling the wool from your eyes and actually seeing death, actually seeing what life is all about in this society and what he's grown up with. I think he's bought the chips to the poker game. He's playing the game now. He's part of the Graysons as much as he's never wanted to. The apple didn't fall too far from the tree, and he's picked up the apple and taken a big bite out of it.
How aware is he of what happened at sea? Has Emily changed as a result of it? Does he notice a change in her?
Definitely. I think she's definitely a lot more calculated than she was in the first season. She's a lot more ruthless than she was in the first season. Any love that she had for Daniel in the first season, or possible love that she had with Daniel, is, for sure, just vaporized into thin air. She's just hell bent on revenge now and needs to use me as an access key to carry out her mission. I think that's where this is going. You'll see. I can't tell you too much about that.
Revenge Season 2 Spoiler: Details on Daniel Grayson’s New Rival!
Though Revenge actor Josh Bowman recently told us that The Initiative’s storyline is on its way out, it seems that Daniel Grayson has a new rival in town. Wetpaint Entertainment reached out to actor Michael Tennant via Twitter after his name appeared on the guest cast list for Episode 16, “Illumination,” for more details on his character Wes Rogers.
“I play #wesrogers a new rival of Daniel’s! Check out #revenge on 3/17 episode is #illumination,” he tweeted.
Michael’s already had some small roles on Law & Order: Criminal Intent and GCB, but this will be his first role on Revenge.
We already saw some photos of Danny getting into a bar fight with Wes in Episode 16, “Illumination.” Aiden Mathis breaks up the fight, but something had to really set Daniel off for him to get so violent.
The last time the preppy CEO got physical (apart from between the sheets with Emily Thorne) was when Tyler Barrol threatened him with a gun. So maybe Wes should watch his back because we all know what happened to Tyler.
Could Wes have insulted Daniel’s poetry or ability to keep his girlfriend from cheating on him with sleazy businessmen and bartenders? Sure, he may be pretty, but boyfriend can’t seem to keep a lady tied down.
Spoiler Chat: Revenge!
Is that young people speak for "give me Revenge spoilers?" If so, here it is! Henry Czerny tells us that for those fans who want Conrad and Victoria together and happy (do those fans exist?),[lol yes they do] they should know that he thinks Conrad would "go through the gauntlet" to get to a happy ending with Victoria. "There is hope," he tells us. "But there is juicy stuff coming up that we have to get through before they can think about being together."
Watch 6 Minutes From Sunday's 'Revenge!'
March 08, 2013
This Sunday, Revenge returns from a four week hiatus with Retribution,
an episode that not only chronicles the fallout from everything that
happened aboard the now-sunken Amanda, but marks a serious tonal shift
according to the stars.
"Everything gets nice and dark ... more so than ever before," Barry Sloane, who plays Aiden, tells ETOnline. "That sets us up perfectly for Emily's refreshed drive for revenge. She's made mistakes, but now that she's lost Amanda, Emily is laser focused in taking down The Grayson Family."
Emily's renewed hunger to destroy The Grayson Family becomes immediately clear in the first six minutes from this Sunday's Revenge, which ETonline is thrilled to exclusively present right now!
Revenge airs Sundays at 9 p.m. on ABC.
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the ET website hates my Firefox browser, so try opening this in safari or IE if it doesn't work for you! I played it just fine on my iPhone.
Revenge “Victory” Images
By The Screen Spy Team on March 7, 2013
Superspy Nolan + Mr. Bond!
With Victoria (Madeleine Stowe) enlisting the help of Amanda’s foster brother in her charitable foundation, Emily (Emily Van Camp) seizes an opportunity to regain some of her missing past while settling the score with someone who had a hand in setting her on this path in the first place, on Revenge’s “Victory” episode airing Sunday March 24 on ABC.
In these latest promotional images from the episode it looks like Aidan (Barry Sloane) has someone in his sights – with a little help from Nolan (Gabriel Mann).
Could Emily’s two right hand men be about to try to take out the devious and sinister Trask (Burn Gorman) in order to save Padma’s father?
Check out the images below and catch Revenge Sunday March 24.
HRH will see you tomorrow!!
Misha is the best.
Deadline is reporting that young British actor Will Poulter (‘The Chronicles of Narnia,’ ‘Son of Rambow’) has been offered one of the leads in Wes Ball’s upcoming adaptation of James Dasher’s young adult novel, ‘Maze Runner.’
The dystopian story follows Thomas (Poulter), who after having his memory wiped is “deposited in a community of boys trapped in an enormous maze. He soon learns they are part of a mysterious test, and finds it is his destiny to join the ‘maze runners’ and lead them to freedom.”
Grant Myers is on board to script the adaptation, reworking a previous draft by Noah Oppenheim.
BarbieCollector.com: POW! Here come Barbie® and Ken® decked out as characters from the colorful 1960s TV series Batman™! BAM! As retro Catwoman and Batman, the pair use classic period-perfect face sculpts! ZAP! And both dolls are suited in costumes that mirror the show's original groovy get-ups!
This “blast from the past” was created for Barbie and Batman fans by innovative designer Bill Greening. We caught up with Greening for an exclusive interview on the merging of the beloved pop-culture icons
Barbie Collector: Congrats! Everyone’s buzzing about Batman and Catwoman at this year’s Toy Fair!
Bill Greening: Thanks, it was a nice surprise. I'm happy for both fan bases — it's great that they're so excited!
How'd this set come about?
Since Mattel is also launching action figures based on the Batman TV show, which I love, it made sense to create characters for the Barbie Collector base.
Your love of the show reflects in the wonderful retro styling.
I wanted to give it the feel of the time period, as if Barbie and Ken were designed in 1966 based on the Catwoman and Batman characters from the show, so I worked with the nostalgic face sculpts for that classic look.
Catwoman's costume is a purr-fect recreation, right down to the fabulous go-go boots!
Those swingin' go-go boots, along with the cat ears, cowl neck collar and gold belt are all inspired by Catwoman’s costume on the show. Barbie is on a bendable-leg body, so the sparkly jumpsuit is tailored to fit skintight — very feline, very femme fatale!
And the classic face sculpt on Barbie looks terrific with the retro flip hairstyle.
Definitely! The hair looks great and so does the make-up. If you take the mask off, Barbie doll's face-paint looks a lot like Julie Newmar’s Catwoman on the show, with feathered brows and coral lips.
The eyebrows on Ken are equally striking.
Yes, as the Caped Crusader, Ken has an edgy look with an arch to his brows — he looks as if he’s trying to solve a crime!
Ken doll’s Batsuit has attracted many of the show's fans to this set.
I'm really happy about the response. Everything — from the mask, emblem, and cape, right down to the boots — captures the look of the 1960s Batsuit worn by Adam West.
I think so, and Ken and Barbie, like Batman and Catwoman, have had an on-again, off-again romance for years, so they're the perfect pair to dress up as the comic book adversaries.
What do you think, ONTD? Is there a spot for a purrfect Barbie on your shelf? BTW it's Barbie's 54th birthday, feel free to celebrate by posting
Actor. Sex symbol. Feminist icon. Hang on a minute, how did that last one come about? Clementine Ford unravels the mythology behind the man.
When rumours of Ryan Gosling appearing in various Melbourne haunts arose last year, comedian and writer Rose Callaghan started a #goslingwatch tag on Twitter that immediately began receiving tips and pleas from women desperate to see their idol in the flesh. "I had an inkling the hashtag would explode," says Callaghan.
"I already knew there were other women who had an almost hysterical infatuation with him. But suddenly quotes from my Twitter page were appearing in mainstream media reports as reliable sources."
At the same time, Melbourne experienced a series of earthquakes. "There was a widely respected theory at the time that he caused them," Callaghan recounts, before adding, "The funny thing is, there's no real concrete evidence of him ever being in Melbourne."
Perhaps the most unusual thing about this reaction is just how not unusual it is. Mention the words "Ryan Gosling" around a group of young women and you'll likely be met by the kind of swooning we associate with adolescent teenage girls and their pop idols. For example, I am a 31-year-old woman and I joke regularly with a female friend of similar age about which of us is his legitimate wife. I'm not even sure that we're joking. And, yes, I am deeply ashamed of this. I never imagined myself as a "swooner".
But like Robert Redford and Paul Newman before him, Gosling has achieved the kind of cult status among women (and some men) that the word "swoon" was invariably designed for. Admittedly, this is partly due to his staggering good looks. He stands tall at 185 centimetres and boasts the kind of jawline that could crack the top off a beer bottle. His eyes are best described by the kinds of passages you might find in a Mills & Boon novel: brooding, mysterious, masking a hidden vulnerability in need of the right woman to unlock it. His physique is lean and supple, and makes you want to do things to him.
In fact, there's a pivotal scene in the 2011 film Crazy Stupid Love in which Emma Stone's character Hannah asks Gosling's serial womaniser Jacob to take his shirt off, revealing his chiselled abs. "Seriously?!" Hannah yells. "It's like you're Photoshopped!"
But looks alone aren't enough to foster such a committed gaggle of fans. It's Gosling's additional charms that seal his status as the Thinking Woman's Crumpet for a generation of women who want a little more from their idols than an impressive six-pack.
He's famous for loving his mother, who home-schooled him as a child after he was bullied at his Canadian primary school. He was a child star of Mickey Mouse Club, which indicates some kind of approachable dorkiness. He is a serial monogamist, rather than a player - he's currently with Eva Mendes. He saves the lives of random strangers. (Last year, British journalist Laurie Penny caused a stir when she tweeted, "I literally, LITERALLY just got saved from a car by Ryan Gosling. Literally. That actually just happened." Penny had walked in front of a taxi when Gosling pulled her to safety. The year before, a YouTube video of Gosling breaking up a fight between two men on a New York street went viral.)
Basically, he is a sensitive, creative soul who also steps in to defend the weak because he, too, knows the trauma of being picked on. Oh, and everyone wants to have his babies.
It's an impressive mix. But when you consider the breakthrough role that cemented his fame, it's not altogether unexpected that such a mass following would occur.
On paper, the role of Noah Calhoun in the film adaptation of Nicholas Sparks' novel The Notebook sounds unbearably saccharine, yet Gosling lent pathos to a character who could have so easily been seen as a guy who just needed to get over his first girlfriend. When the working-class Noah reads Walt Whitman out loud to his father, Gosling's trademark hard-to-spot accent turns the lines into love songs. He builds a house for Allie (played by former flame Rachel McAdams, whom Gosling has described as "one of the great loves of my life".) He grows a beard and kisses her in the rain. To the viewer, it's clear that Gosling (for at this point, he is Noah) is a one-woman kind of guy.
Whether or not his films are any good is by the by (a cursory poll of my friends, already well familiar with my Gosling love, hints that The Notebook might not be as good as I imagine, nor the depressing Blue Valentine as subversive). The fact remains that he has managed to achieve a career out of being Ryan Gosling while never actually playing Ryan Gosling.
Leaving aside the case for Gosling the Actor, what is it about Gosling the Man that has catapulted him into the hearts (and loins) of fans young and old the world over? Because in addition to enjoying the kind of pin-up status brooding, good-looking men of a non-threatening persuasion are often afforded, Gosling has become somewhat of a defining meme in his own right. (If you're new to memes, they're basically inside jokes that find a home on the net and are in a state of constant reinvention.)
In internet culture, the words "Hey girl" have become synonymous with Gosling, and are almost always chosen to illustrate a playful ideal of a man who espouses superficially romantic values: respect for women, sensitivity, intelligence and just enough raw masculinity to make the whole thing interesting. The "Hey girl" meme plays on the idea that Gosling may just be the most perfect man to have ever walked the Earth, not least of which is because he cares about you, girl.
The website f...yeahryangosling.tumblr.com was the first to spawn the meme but it was soon followed by other blogs, most notably feministryangosling.tumblr.com. In it, creator Danielle Henderson shares "Feminist Theory As Imagined From Your Favourite Sensitive Movie Dude". Some of the blog's posts include images of Gosling captioned with greetings like, "Hey girl. Ann Kaplan asks,
'Is the gaze male?' but all I know is I can't take my eyes off you"; "Hey girl. The existence of the Higgs boson is a big deal, but only in that it explains our gravitational charge"; and the particularly tongue-in-cheek, "Hey girl. I mean ... WOMAN."
While loving Gosling isn't a requirement of being a feminist, it is interesting how many of his most vocal fans identify as feminist and admire his masculinity, which is traditional while being vulnerable. (Rose Callaghan admits that part of her Gosling love is expressed via a desire to have him come over and "fix things".)
And Gosling's behaviour, although seemingly free from artifice and engineering, does little to dispel his own mythology. When Blue Valentine was threatened in the US with a strict NC-17 rating (which is almost certain to guarantee a box-office loss as a result) because it contained two scenes of man-on-woman oral sex, Gosling wrote to the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and accused them of sexist double standards.
His letter, which has since been much shared and venerated online, stated: "You have to question a cinematic culture which preaches artistic expression, and yet would support a decision that is clearly a product of a patriarchy-dominant society, which tries to control how women are depicted on screen. The MPAA is okay supporting scenes that portray women in scenarios of sexual torture and violence for entertainment purposes, but they are trying to force us to look away from a scene that shows a woman in a sexual scenario which is both complicit and complex. It's misogynistic in nature to try and control a woman's sexual presentation of self. I consider this an issue that is bigger than this film."
Is it any wonder Gosling has become such an object of desire to women who consider themselves of a higher IQ? For feminists like myself, who have long been accused of sexlessness, prudishness and an innate hatred of men, the Cult of Gosling is demonstrative of our ability to engage in that kind of public sexual playfulness - to claim our own pin-ups and participate in a mainstream culture that so often excludes us. Loving Ryan Gosling has become a feminist brand in itself, a reality that he acknowledges with the kind of characteristically humble good humour that will no doubt ensure its continuation.
Perhaps there are fewer differences between Gosling the Actor and Gosling the Man after all. And in that sense, we're free to cast him as whoever we want him to be, to Photoshop him into whatever role we'd like him to play in our head.
Of course, Gosling the Man would probably have something to say about the destructive psychosocial effect of Photoshop and how flaws are what make people beautiful. And that would probably just make us love him more.
The fanciful “Electrick Children” plumbs the feverish imagination of Rachel (Julia Garner), a 15-year-old brought up in a fundamentalist Mormon enclave in southern Utah, who is convinced that she is the conduit for a miraculous virgin birth. Believing she was impregnated by a voice she heard on a cassette singing Blondie’s “Hanging on the Telephone,” she assumes this country-rock drone somehow reached inside her to create a being who might be the son of God.
If this sounds like the stuff of farce, the movie — written and directed by Rebecca Thomas, who comes from a Mormon background — is neither comedy nor drama nor satire but a surreal mélange infused with magical realism. Rachel’s dreamlike visions of a wild mustang in a story that her mother tells her symbolize repressed sexuality and longing for adventure in a punishingly austere environment.
The story begins when Rachel’s father, Paul (Billy Zane), the scraggly desert community’s stern leader, records an interview with her on her birthday. Standing by is her prim teenage brother, “Mr. Will” (Liam Aiken), with whom she shares shabby basement quarters. Rachel, with her long blond braid and girlish pink dress, and Will, in his suspenders and high-waisted trousers, suggest refugees from “Little House on the Prairie.” Their innocence is touching but a little alarming.
Shortly after the interview Rachel realizes she might be pregnant. But because she is chaste, how could that be? After she tests positive for pregnancy, her father decides she should immediately marry a boy she hardly knows. She flees to Las Vegas in the family pickup truck, bringing the same cassette machine on which the interview was recorded and using it to relate her adventures. Will, whom her parents wrongly assume to be the father, stows away on the truck, intending to confront her, elicit her confession and clear his name once they reach their destination.
The movie becomes a playful urban fable, about the collision of country and city mice that suggests a variation of “The Wizard of Oz.” The alienated rock ’n’ roll street kids and skateboarders whom Rachel and Will latch onto are every bit as lost as these sheltered children, who have never seen a cellphone and are agog over the sounds and lights of Sin City.
Ms. Garner, who had a small role in “Martha Marcy May Marlene,” anchors this flighty movie with a radiant performance. Strong-willed, determined and unfailingly sincere, Rachel is shielded by her innocence. She receives her first serious kiss from a rock singer, and Will, after an accident on a skateboard, gobbles forbidden painkillers and is arrested.
Rachel’s nascent romance with Clyde (Rory Culkin), a floundering misfit exiled from his rich family, injects the movie with a seam of poignancy. She eventually meets the man behind the voice on the cassette.
“Electrick Children” is well acted and refreshingly nonjudgmental, but its narrative continuity is tenuous at best. As it jounces along toward a pat, unsatisfying ending, it leaves essential questions unanswered. But the movie’s underlying sweetness leaves a residual glow.
Hooray for women filmmakers! This movie is out in NYC.
The controversial Adventures of Superman story written by noted homophobe— sorry, “gay marriage opponent” — Orson Scott Card will not see digital nor print release as originally planned following the departure of artist Chris Sprouse from the project.
The traditionally low-key Sprouse released a statement saying that the media reaction to the announcement of Card’s involvement with the project had provoked his decision to step down as artist. “It took a lot of thought to come to this conclusion,” he explained. “The media surrounding this story reached the point where it took away from the actual work, and that’s something I wasn’t comfortable with. My relationship with DC Comics remains as strong as ever and I look forward to my next project with them.”
As a result, the Orson Scott Card story (co-written with Aaron Johnston, Card’s writing partner on Marvel’s Ender’s Game comics) will not appear in either the digital or print editions of Adventures of Superman, the upcoming anthology series launching later this year; instead, it will be replaced by a story by respected creators Jeff Parker and Chris Samnee, with the print edition featuring the Parker/Samnee collaboration in addition to work by Justin Jordan and Riley Rossmo, as well as Jeff Lemire. Because of this last-minute substitution, the first print issue of Adventures of Superman will be made returnable to comic stores that have already ordered it.
The news has inspired speculation about whether or not this could mean that DC will quietly kill off the controversial Card story entirely, with some suggesting that the story remaining un-illustrated gives the publisher an “out” to avoid any potential breach-of-contract legal response. (As a freelancer, Card wouldn’t have the option of a wrongful termination suit.)
Although attorney and frequent comics legal commentator Jeff Trexler told Wired that according to New York law, “firing an employee with religious-based views against homosexuality creates the sort of legal conundrum that would make a computer blow up on classic Star Trek,” this doesn’t appear to be the case for the Card story.
A statement from DC Entertainment on the issue specifically mentioned that the publisher “will re-solicit the story at a later date when a new artist is hired.” Of course, finding an artist willing to work on the story after it has provoked online petitions and outcry against Card’s hiring in the first place may be easier said than done; the DC statement also says that the publisher “fully supports, understands and respects” Sprouse’s decision to leave the project.
The now non-homophobic Adventures of Superman no. 1 will be launched digitally on April 29, with the print edition following on May 29. It’s unknown whether the stores that were planning to boycott the issue or donate their proceeds to LGBT charities will continue to do so in light of this development.